Bigfoot needs tennis shoes

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  1. thejuice

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    Hey guys/gals! I am returning to the game after a 3 1/2 year layoff and I am in search for some shoes. I have recently purchased the Courtballistec 4.3s and Barricade 8s but neither is THE shoe that I think would be my go-to gamer shoe when/if I start back playing tournaments and such. As I get older I get more picky about my shoes and it has shown in my last few golf shoe purchases (TW 14s are the best shoes for walking 18 holes by the way). I love the way the Nike's FEEL when walking around and even on the court when casually hitting but I like how the Barricades (which I had to go up in size from my usual 14 to 15) feel in the toe box. I have owned Nike Vapors, Cages and Breath Frees in the past as well as Barricades and it seems that Adidas and Nike haven't strayed far from what works for them. What are you big foot (13+) tennis players wearing? I prefer nice and colorful but I am looking for more lightweight and stable than flashiness. I'd like a durable shoe as well but I know that durability and lightweight don't usually mix. Since it's hard to find 14s in Atlanta in tennis specific shoes I don't think I'd be able to try any on so I'd have to trust them to buy them.

    A little about me, was once a 4.5 player that's looking to get back to that level. I have a medium width foot with low arches so shoes with a high arch support tend to make my arches sore. I have never owned Asics, Prince, or any shoe really other than Nike or Adidas so throw them all at me. Thanks!
     
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    Not to sound like a broken record, but I think you should try the Asics Gel Res 5s. They are favorites of ours, very comfortable, durable (with a guarantee), stable. The Solution Speed is an option, but it has a slightly narrower toe box and less durability because it is a lighter, speed-specific shoe.

    I also enjoy Babolat shoes and know some of our male playtesters enjoy the SFX (well suited for a wider foot) and the Propulses.

    Lastly, the Wilson Rush Pros are an option and have a very plush feel in a sock-like fit.

    Hope that helps with some options!

    Michelle, TW
     
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    Thanks Michelle! I was hoping you would reply. Are there any bigfoot fellas working at TW with you? I don't know that it matters but I find that what I like (with the limited variety I have) seems to differ some from my smaller foot friends (my buddies have shoe sizes 9-11).
     
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    The biggest foot on our men's playtest team is an 11.5. But as far as I know, besides limited quantities, around here, the guys with the bigger feet have the same views on shoe as the guys with the smaller feet.

    But if you have any specific questions, feel free to ask and I will try and ask around!

    Michelle, TW
     
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    I'm a size 12. While I wear the Barricade 7 and 8s, I can also recommend the GR5s. Only reason they aren't my go to shoe is I'm rough on the uppers, but if you don't drag the inside of you upper then it's the best shoe on the market for fit and comfort. My GR5s have been relegated to play on carpet only but I realize I'm in the minority.

    RushPro is more durable, second only to the Barricade, and I'd I'll back TW in recommending this shoe as well. Good amount of toe box room, but quite snug around the forefoot. I play tested a pair of these and gave them 4 stars, losing one as ventilation is so-so, but it certainly not a deal breaker.
     
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    I've been looking at the GR5s so I think I'll try them out. How do they compare feel wise to Vapors?
     
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    I'm a size 15 and can honestly say the best shoes I've worn, in order:

    1. Vapor 9's
    2. Nike Air Max Breathe Cage II
    3. Zoom Breathe 2k12s
    4. Barricade 5's
    5. Vapor 6's

    I've yet to try the Asics but have also heard great things.
    I do know the CB 4.3's and Barricade 6/7/8's run a little narrow, and I have a regular size (Big) foot.
     
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    Thanks big time!!! You and I need to keep in touch! I had the Vapor 6s and Barricade 5s and I thought they were great too! Based on what you're saying I might need to get the Vapor 9s. I think I'll wait for the AO colors since they match the Falcons and UGA colors.
     
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    If you don't mind me asking:

    a) How heavy are you and how aggressively are you moving?
    b) What about durability? Would that change your rankings?
     
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    I'm 6'4", 200lbs, very aggressive baseliner 4.5+ and I go through a lot of shoes. But I've actually found the Vapor 9's to hold up better than expected, or from the general consensus of them being not durable at all. I do play both doubles/singles 50/50 so that might also add to them holding up better. But durability doesn't really change my rankings. Before getting "good" shoes, I'd by the cheaper ones and my feet/toes paid the price. So comfort for me trumps durability.
     
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    Ah, you are way slimmer then me :) I'm 6'2", 220lbs and only self rated about 3.5 (in Canada). Still an aggressive baseliner that plays singles (99%) daily. To me the Vapors were only good fresh out of the box, shortly after they gave in -support wise- probably after a couple of weeks. Now I get at least a couple of months (up to 3) from CB's 4.3...

    And I hear you about cheaper shoes I was in marvel about Addidas CCs (around $80 here in Canada), until I've tried Barricades and found out what traction was supposed actually be (being able to change directions) + that the soles lasts way more (and the warranty).

    Thanks!
     
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    Thank God I'm not the only one that thinks the Vapor 9s are durable.
     
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